Matters relating to alleged interference in our 2016 presidential election by Russian interests continue to attract attention from Congress and the media.
Part of the problem stems from the fact that not everyone involved in the investigation are on the same page.
There are obvious political overtones which only make it even more difficult to get to the truth.
If the Russians, either independently or in concert with those in America, were involved, we can hardly expect them to catch the next plane over to Washington and dump all the evidence before the FBI and Congress.
So, getting to the bottom of this mess is going to be a matter of investigating those in the US who might have had some contact with the Russians.
But truthfully, even that is not enough. It’s also be necessary to prove that whatever interactions might have occurred were unethical or illegal (or both).
Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of the House Intelligence Committee has established himself as a super aggressive investigator.
Having gotten no cooperation from the FBI or the Department of Justice over subpoenas for information on what has been called the “Trump dossier,” Gowdy has acted:
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have now been subpoenaed to appear before the committee, and will no doubt be questioned by Trey Gowdy.
Newsweek offers additional information on this matter:
“On August 24, the committee issued two identical subpoenas to the FBI and Justice Department, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday evening, citing an interview with Congressman Trey Gowdy, a committee member.
The committee had given the bureau and department until September 1 to provide the information, the report said.
When the committee did not receive the information by the deadline, it reportedly extended that deadline to September 14.”
When individuals and government officials refuse to cooperate with official investigations or drag their feet in producing evidence, it’s only normal to conclude they have something to hide.
That said, there is the possibility that the information demanded contains classified information that cannot be made public.
But that excuse doesn’t cut it, since any such classified data could be redacted, or otherwise not made public.
So what’s the hangup? Why the lack of cooperation with a House committee that is clearly within its rights to investigate such matters?
Hopefully we will get an answer to that question in the next couple of weeks.
And it’s also very likely that Trey Gowdy will have much to do with extracting any information to which the committee and the American people are entitled.